Through our National Science Week Blog at SciMed, we aimed to showcase some of the opportunities available during or soon after completing a science degree. Our young female scientists have shared their stories, passions and experiences on the blog, with a hope to encourage younger students to consider similar opportunities, and to make the most of their journey at university.
The structure of a science degree entails developing essential practical and communicative skills. Teamwork and leadership are also important traits of a scientist, which are highly encouraged through the assessments and laboratory work during the degree. It is worth noting that outside of the classroom, there are many opportunities to practice these skills: it could be through studying abroad in Europe or Asia, or taking part in a group project such as iGEM.
Participating in research is also a fantastic way to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. There are many ways to take part in a research project: it could be through summer scholarships, the Talented Student Program or by completing Honours. Alternatively, if you are interested in a particular area, find a supervisor in that field and ask for an opportunity to work with them. Academics are usually willing to support enthusiastic undergraduate students, and to provide them with a chance to participate in research.
There is a range of career options open to science graduates, and indeed trained scientists are equipped to tackle the world’s most challenging problems! As our members have written, it could be as rewarding as teaching science or as exciting as completing a PhD or studying medicine.
In addition to the academic aspects of the degree, the social aspects and the extracurricular activities open to students throughout their studies are incredibly valuable during and after university. There are many opportunities to meet and network with peers and academics in science, including through tutorial sessions, seminars and clubs at university and College – such as SciMed!
In conclusion, on behalf of SciMed, I would like to thank our authors for contributing to the National Science Week Blog. We hope that we have played some small part in inspiring our younger students to pursue the opportunities available in science, and we hope to welcome more scientists to SciMed and The Women’s College in the future.